Free Accounting Software
by Russell Montgomery
(Corpus Christi, Texas, USA)
A free alternative to QuickBooks is GNUCash and is downloadable from http://www.gnucash.org/ The product can operate on different platforms e.g. Windows, Linux and Mac OS 10. It is not just a checkbook program like Quicken and Microsoft Money but it an actual accounting package.
A free alternative to using Microsoft Office is OpenOffice which can be downloaded from http://www.openoffice.org/. OpenOffice was written as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. You can work with Microsoft documents and spreadsheets with OpenOffice. OpenOffice replaces Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
Previously our bookkeeping was done with Quicken and we couldn't get real reports but since Quicken and Money are going away we went looking for an alternative. We had very limited funds so this met our needs.
There is a large user community to help with support for both GNUCash and OpenOffice. I have been using OpenOffice for several years and GNUCash for one.
All of Vickie's spreadsheets work with OpenOffice.
Thank you Russell! I will look into GNUCash and I am thrilled to hear my spreadsheets work with OpenOffice. I am all for saving our churches money with anything FREE :-)